Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Intake of Diet Fizzy Drinks Directly Linked to Obesity

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Intake of Diet Fizzy Drinks Directly Linked to Obesity

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A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has shown that greater intake of diet fizzy drinks is directly linked to increased abdominal obesity, raising concerns about their regular consumption.

In 2014, the World Health Organization estimated that the number of obese adults has more than doubled since 1980 to over 600 million. In an effort to combat obesity, many adults reduce sugar intake by turning to nonnutritive or artificial sweeteners, including aspartame, saccharin and sucralose. Previous research has demonstrated the link between increased use of artificial sweeteners and diet fizzy drinks with obesity.

This San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging (SALSA) enrolled 749 individuals aged 65 years and older at the start of the study, measuring diet fizzy drink intake, waist circumference, height and weight, with the same data being collected at three follow-ups across nine years. …

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